top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Aug 1 2006
Yvon Neptune Released from Prison to Seek Medical Care
Tue Aug 1 2006
After 15 Months of Hunger Strike in Protest of Detention, Former Haitian PM Released
After more than two years in prison and a fifteen month intermittent hunger strike, former Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune was freed in order to seek medical treatment on Thursday, July 27th. Neptune is one of the most high-profile political prisoners who have been detained by the U.S.-backed interim government in Haiti. He was jailed shortly after the 2004 coup that ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Attorney Mario Joseph has been quoted as saying that when Neptune is released from the hospital, he will be allowed to go home. There are varying reports as to the status of charges against Neptune, but they likely still stand. "Half-Hour for Haiti" organizers credit activists in Haiti, as well as people all over the world who have written letters in support of Neptune's release.

When he was released from prison, Neptune walked out of the National Penitentiary. Two UN peacekeepers then helped him into an ambulance that took him to a hospital. He was frail and barely able to speak, after having spent much of the last 15 months on a hunger strike. The release came less than two weeks after more than 3,000 people marched in Port-Au-Prince, calling for the return of Aristide and the release of all political prisoners, and celebrating Aristide's birthday.

Democracy Now report | Half Hour a Week for Haiti
12/03/16 Western States Petroleum Association: The Biggest Lobby Group You've Never Heard Of Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | U.S. | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia12/01/16 Woman Used As Salami Tray at Altai Brands Event in Las Vegas Front Page | Drug War | Womyn | California | U.S. | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/28/16 Collective Seeks to Open Social Justice Coffee Co-Op in Oakland's Fruitvale District Front Page | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay11/27/16 Attendance at Freedom Sleepers City Hall Sleepouts Remains High After 16 Months Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/27/16 National Lawyers Guild Confronts Oakland Police Brutality During Early Anti-Trump Protests Front Page | Police State and Prisons | East Bay | Government & Elections11/27/16 Nationwide Solidarity as Police Escalate Violence Against Water Protectors Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Central Valley | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | U.S. | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/21/16 Memorial Fund Established for Luke Smith After Sheriff's Deputies Kill Him Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/20/16 Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy Documents BART Police Violence Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | San Francisco | East Bay | California11/19/16 Renters Win in Three Cities, But Measures in Burlingame, San Mateo and Alameda Do Not Pass Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | South Bay | East Bay | Peninsula | California | Government & Elections11/19/16 SCPD Officer and Wife Fuel Take Back Santa Cruz Witch-Hunt on Social Media Police State and Prisons | Indymedia | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/16/16 Santa Cruz Plans More Actions in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: Haiti | International